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It's a hotly-debated topic in New Mexico – the cost of energy. This week, New Mexico in Focus looks at the cost of energy and the state Public Regulation Commission's (PRC) recent rejection of the Public Service Company of New Mexico's (PNM) request for a rate hike and new fees for residential solar customers.

However, the state's largest utility is expected to re-file the request later this summer. What would higher rates mean for customers, especially low-income families? How might new fees impact solar customers? Explore different perspectives on the cost of energy, both now and in the future.

Additionally, learn about the history and philosophy behind the Albuquerque Folk Festival. People of all ages and abilities turn out each year to learn music, dance and other crafts from local musicians and artists.

New Mexico PBS’ one-hour public affairs show New Mexico in Focus regularly airs Friday nights at 7 p.m. on channel 5.1 and appears online on the NMiF website shortly thereafter. The show rebroadcasts Saturday at 5 p.m. on channel 9.1 and again on Sunday at 7 a.m. on channel 5.1.

Teacher evaluations have been a controversial topic in New Mexico this year. Host Gene Grant and The Line opinion panelists debate a profile of one teacher's evaluation in the Albuquerque Journal.

The panelists also discuss the news that the state denied a court’s request for emergency funds, and share their thoughts on upcoming political events related to the 2016 presidential election.

GUESTS

  • Ryan Baca, spokesperson for PNM
  • Vicente Garcia, director of Juntos New Mexico
  • Julian Singer-Corbin, spokesperson for Positive Energy Solar
  • Erika Gerety, Albuquerque Folk Festival
  • Gary Libman, Albuquerque Folk Festival

LINE PANELISTS

  • Janice Arnold-Jones, former State Representative
  • Sophie Martin, attorney & dukecityfix.com
  • Rob Nikolewski, Watchdog.org
  • John Wertheim, former New Mexico Democratic Party chairman

CORRESPONDENT

  • Sarah Gustavus

HOST/COMMENTATOR

  • Gene Grant

New Mexico in Focus is produced by Sarah Gustavus, with Kathy Wimmer, associate producer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation.

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